1971 Otterbein College (0) at University of Mt. Union (42) Football Film, 1 of 2
Otterbein 0 at Mt. Union 42
Saturday, October 9, 1971, 2:00 p.m.
Mt. Union Stadium, Alliance, Ohio
Time: Reel #1: 10:55; Reel #2: 11:05 Type: B & W Program: No
Schools: Otterbein University is a private university in Westerville, Ohio. The university was founded in 1847 by the Church of the United Brethren in Christ and named for United Brethren founder the Rev. Philip William Otterbein. After the merger of the Evangelical United Brethren Church and the Methodist Church, in 1968, Otterbein has been associated with the United Methodist Church. Colors: Tan and Cardinal. Mascot: Cardinals
The University of Mt. Union is a private university in Alliance, Ohio. Founded in 1846, the university was affiliated with the Methodist Church until the spring of 2019. Mount Union was founded in 1846 by Orville Nelson Hartshorn as "a place where men and women could be educated with equal opportunity, science would parallel the humanities, and there would be no distinction due to race, color, or sex." In approximately 1911, Scio College of Scio, Ohio, merged with Mount Union, moving faculty to the Mount Union campus and abandoning the Scio campus. Mount Union College was renamed the University of Mount Union effective August 1, 2010. Colors: Purple and white. Mascot: Purple Raiders. (The term Raiders have been used for Mt. Union teams since the latter part of the 19th century. In the 1890s new uniforms were ordered but came in the wrong colors. Since it was too close to the start of the season, they kept the uniforms and were known as the “Purple Raiders” since.)
Pio, Chris, Gryphons, Gorloks and Gusties: A History of NCAA Division III Nicknames and Mascots, Privately Published, Las Vegas, NV, 2021, p. 198.
Coaches: Otterbein – Robert “Moe” Agler (March 13, 1924 – September 16, 2005, Otterbein ‘48) A 1941 graduate of Dublin (Ohio)High School Agler enrolled in Otterbein College where he lettered in football, basketball, baseball and track. After serving in the Navy during World War II, and participating in the D-Day invasion, Agler returned to Otterbein in 1946 where he was a member of, arguably, the best team in school history. He was instrumental in Otterbein’s most memorable game, a 13-7 loss to the University of West Virginia with the Cardinals threatening to score as time expired. After graduating in 1948 he played professionally for the Los Angeles Rams of the National Football League (NFL) and the Calgary Stampeders of the Canadian Football League (CFL). Returning to central Ohio in 1950 Agler was hired as head football coach at his alma mater, Dublin High School, where he won the Franklin County Championship. He moved to Johnstown High School in 1952 before returning to Otterbein the next year as an assistant to Harry Ewing. In 1955 Agler replaced Ewing as head coach serving two stints, from 1955 to 1965 and 1970 to 1974, compiling a total record of 74–63–5. He was also the head basketball coach at Otterbein from 1955 to 1958, tallying a mark of 13–39, and served as Athletic Director (1955-1975). Following his retirement, he was instrumental in the construction of the new Memorial Stadium.
Mt. Union – Kenneth “Ken” Wable (b: August 22, 1927, Van Wert, Ohio – September 6, 2018, Alliance, Ohio, BS-Muskingum ‘52, MS – Kent State) After earning his bachelor’s degree from Muskingum, where he was a track and football standout, he became head coach at New London (OH) High School. Two years later he moved to assistant coach at Massillon Washington High School (’54), before moving to the college ranks as an assistant coach at Wake Forest University for two years (’56- ‘57). Wable returned to his alma mater as an assistant coach at Muskingum for three years (’58-’60) before spending a year as an assistant at Cornell (’61). In 1962 he took over the reins of the Purple Raiders. In his 24-year tenure (’62-’85) he compiled a record of 123–95–2 (69–67–1 in the OAC). In his final season he led Mt. Union to their first undefeated season and their first appearance in the NCAA D-III Playoffs. Named the OAC Coach of the Year in 1982 and 1985, the league trophy for top offensive lineman is named in his honor. In addition to coaching football, he coached men’s golf and helped establish the university’s Sports Business Management program.
Notes: Mount Union is wearing all dark Jerseys and helmets. Otterbein is in white jerseys and helmets. For more game details see the Columbus Dispatch articles linked to this page.
Sanders, John, “Byrom Leads Cap Against Princes,” Columbus Evening Dispatch, October 7, 1971, p. 39B.
“Raiders Rip Otters 42-0,” Columbus Sunday Dispatch, October 10, 1971, p.3B.
OHIO COLLEGE GRID STANDINGS, Columbus Evening Dispatch, October 11, 1971, p. 21A.
Otterbein 0 - Mt. Union 42
Otterbein – Robert “Moe” Agler (March 13, 1924 – September 16, 2005, Otterbein ‘48)
Mt. Union – Kenneth “Ken” Wable (b: August 22, 1927, Van Wert, Ohio – September 6, 2018, Alliance, Ohio, BS-Muskingum ‘52, MS – Kent State)
Mt. Union Stadium, Mt. Union College, Alliance, Ohio
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Mount Union is wearing all dark Jerseys and helmets. Otterbein is in white jerseys and helmets. For more game details see the Columbus Dispatch articles linked to this page.